Splinter holder

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From Aldivalloch, Upper Cabrach, Banffshire

Postcard of Splinter holder.
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Splinter holder

This iron splinter holder with wooden base is from Aldivalloch near Upper Cabrach in Banffshire. It dates from the 19th century. It was used for holding splinters of fir.

Splinter holder of iron, consisting of an upright holder set in a wooden base, from Aldivalloch, Upper Cabrach, Banffshire

People relied on natural resources for lighting which was achieved by having a big heap of carefully prepared bog-fir splinters full of resin all ready for burning. Thus the women could see to card and spin and the men to make their herring-nets by hand.

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Online ID: 000-100-001-284-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MGC 46
Date: 19th century
Material: Iron; wood base
Dimensions: 184 mm H; 102 mm L x 91 mm D; 53 mm H (block)
Subject: Lighting - lightholders and stands (NMAS Classification)
Where: Scotland, Aberdeenshire, Upper Cabrach, Aldivalloch
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